September Reads 2017.

By accident, last month had a bit of a children’s books theme. I continued with my re-read of the A Series of Unfortunate Events books, from The Ersatz Elevator all the way up to The Grim Grotto. Then, with some reluctance as I didn’t want the series to end, I moved on to The Penultimate Peril and then, of course, The End.

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 These two books were of course just as good as their predecessors. This series has been such a great ride: every book is unique and well-crafted and even though a lot of them follow the same pattern they never get dull. Even after rereading I still have no idea which are my favourites – they are all so good.

All the way through I was wondering how the series would end, because it was clear it couldn’t be a happy ending but I also couldn’t imagine that it would end with an unhappy ending. I think it was executed brilliantly, with just the right balance of happy and sad.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books for Your Hogwarts House

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme (on Wednesdays, duh) hosted by Thoughts on Tomes on Youtube. Here’s her video for this week:

I don’t really identify with a particular House but this week’s topic sounded so much fun. I’ve taken 3 Pottermore quizzes and got Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin in that order. (I’m definitely NOT a Gryffindor. I never needed Pottermore to tell me that.)

I’m definitely more of a Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff. I’d love to be a Slytherin but I’m not cool enough. Ravenclaw is the House I got Sorted into when I first got my Pottermore account, so that’s what I’m going to go with today. (Though I consider myself a drifter between Houses. I’d probably be a Squib, let’s face it.)

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A Mini Book Haul (Or: What I’m Currently Reading)

I don’t usually include ebooks in book hauls – I feel they don’t interest other people as much as they do me – but I bought/received all of these books around the same time. Obviously this means I was excited and had to post about them.

Firstly, the physical books: I treated myself to When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman and Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman.

I was in Waterstones, for once through no fault of my own (my friend was looking for a Marge Piercy book) and I ambled over to my favourite table display. I can’t remember what they call it, but it’s something like ‘Books that change your life’. It’s not that, but that’s the general sentiment of the display. A lot of my favourite books happen to be included in that display so I always cast my eye over it in the hope of finding my new favourite novel.

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New Blog!

Just a very quick update today to let you know I’ve started another blog. If you’re interested in beauty, skincare and fun things like that, please take a look and follow if you like what you see 🙂

https://flowerinadversity.wordpress.com/

I actually created this blog a couple of years ago but have never written any posts on it! The name comes from a quote from Mulan:

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I can’t remember the thinking behind it – I think I wanted to mix my love of Disney and beauty and this quote seemed to fit. Even if it’s a bit vague, I like it!

(I will be carrying on with The Bookish Underdog of course. I did consider just doing a few beauty posts on my book blog, but I felt like it might be annoying for people who aren’t really interested in that sort of thing.)

Thanks for stopping by!

Book Review: ‘Labyrinth: One Classic Film, Fifty-Five Sonnets’ by A Corrigan.

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion of the book. Quotes below may differ in the final published version of the book.

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I love me a bit of Labyrinth, so when I saw this book was available for immediate download, obviously I had to give it a go.

The book follows the story of the Jim Henson film, with each ‘chapter’ in the form of a sonnet (14 lines with an ABAB rhyme scheme, including a rhyming couplet at the end). If you’ve read a lot of traditional poetry, this may be a bit unsophisticated for you, but if it’s your first foray into poetry you might find it a fun read.

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